Waterloo police remember Retired K9 Mitch

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KCRG) - The Waterloo Police Department is remembering a former four-legged member of their team.

Retired K9 Mitch served with the Waterloo Police Department from 2009-2015. (Photo: Waterloo Police Department K9 Unit)

The Police Department says Retired K9 Mitch passed away on December 26.

The dog was born in Holland on February 5, 2008, and was imported to the United States to be part of the Waterloo police force in 2009.

Lt. Bose served as Mitch's handler beginning in the fall of 2009.

Mitch was trained to be used as a dual purpose K9 for narcotics and patrol.

Both Lt. Bose and Mitch were assigned to both the Violent Crime Apprehension Team and the Patrol Unit.

In 2012 and 2013, Mitch along with three other K9's from the Waterloo Police Department Unit were awarded the United States Police Canine Association Narcotics Detection Team Champions.

The dog retired from the police department on August 12, 2015. After that, he lived with Lt. Bose and his family until he died.